They say New York is the city that never sleeps, but Miami redefines what it means to be up all night. Luxury lingers on every corner, making everyday a new experience. But, there’s more to Miami than booze and beach days. Give yourself a peek into the world of South Beach, and the culture beyond, with a mini-staycation:
BREAKFAST: Joe & the Juice
You’re going to be busy whilst in South Beach, so prepare yourself with a cup of joe or a healthy juice. New to the area, Joe & the Juice offers a young and active vibe. Grab a latte, a protein shake or sandwich to wake you up and keep you going.
SHOPPING: Lincoln Road Mall
With a strip of seemingly endless stores, shopping till you drop is a very real thing. With everything from Scotch & Soda and Armani to your basics like Banana Republic and even Gap, you’re sure to find a little something to add to your closet. You may even be surprised and find an open air market!
LUNCH: Sugar Factory
Sugar will more than likely be your main food group in South Beach. Sip on something sweet – 60 oz. of sweetness to be exact – by ordering one of Sugar Factory’s famous goblet drinks at either of their Miami locations. Then, split a few appetizers with your friends to soak up some of that alcohol! (Don’t worry – If drinking, or a sugar-induced hangover, isn’t your thing, you can order the goblets without alcohol.)
SWEET TREAT: Ladurée
After lunch, you’ll be telling yourself to eat something green. But, with Ladurée at the very end of Lincoln Road, you can work off some calories by walking down and experiencing the best macarons in the world. Definitely try the rose and lemon for a refreshing bite!
CULTURE: The Bass
Miami is a colorful city, and the “Miami Mountain” by Ugo Rondinone at The Bass museum embodies it. A permanent installation, it’s a must see. But, don’t miss out on the other installations the museum has to offer!
Lounge in the lap of luxury by treating yourself to a rooftop restaurant. Featuring a French/Japanese fusion cuisine, Juvia’s great views of South Beach are complemented by unique flavors and low key club vibes to get your night started.
If the boujee life is for you, LIV is the place to be. Located in the Fontainebleau, this high-energy and upscale nightclub is ideal for a girls night out to let loose and forget about the mundane drama of everyday life. However, Miami is Miami, so you’ll have no problem finding somewhere else (E11EVEN, Story and Club Space, to name a few) to party, if LIV isn’t your style.
SLEEP: Collins Avenue
Collins Ave. is the place to be in South Beach, but can offer some tranquility in the middle of craziness. Right on the other side of Lincoln Road and only 15 minutes from LIV is the Hyatt Centric, a mid-level, 3-star hotel that has everything you need (including a semi-acceptable nightly rate) and is close to anything you might want.
MORNING AFTER: Panther
Get a taste of the best coffee in Florida before heading out. About 20 minutes from South Beach, Panther offers locally roasted beans that are brewed every which way. You can also munch on their mini donuts with flavors including fruity pebble, nutella and honey glazed.
Seeing as you were probably doing some unforgivable things the night before, culture yourself by exploring Miami’s art district. Building walls are decorated with beautiful pieces ranging from bright and intricate to simple yet suggestive. Before you go, be sure to research what there is to see and maybe even catch a tour.
Featured image by Emily Creighton